Personalized Canvas Tote Bag For Bridesmaids or Anyone Else DIY

Crafts, DIY

I can’t really say very much regarding bridesmaids. I think I may have been one twice in my life, both times before the age of 18. My husband and I eloped at the San Diego County Courthouse, so the closest thing I had to bridesmaids were the 7 other random women who made appointments to be married around the same time we were. Anyway- I was going to title this “Bridesmaid Gift Bag DIY” because that is a thing that lots of people buy (according to Etsy) and these fit the bill perfectly. But then I thought that the people who read my blog that I know in real life would be like, that’s weird coming from the girl who got married on a Tuesday at the courthouse. (3% of my blog subscribers are currently my mom. Heyy!)


I Made an Entire Halloween Costume Using a Hot Glue Gun

DIY, Halloween

A week or so ago, I started brainstorming Halloween costume duos for the kids. One of my favorites was Harper as Boo and Oliver as Mike Wazowski from Monsters Inc. I started googling “Boo” costume DIYs and pretty quickly found that 100% of them required sewing machine proficiency. Which I do not possess.16149_1213903801627_316_400Not that I let that stop me.

I wouldn’t go so far as to call this a tutorial; I completely guessed at materials and amounts and techniques and nothing here is the least bit technical. I’m sure it could probably be improved upon, but in case you’re interested in how to glue your way to a semi-legitmate costume, here’s what I did:

Yuckies Be Gone

DIY, Health, Motherhood

Parenthood is so giving. It has given us so much love; so much happiness; so much excitement; Legos. So, so many Legos. It has also given us germs. Lots and lots of germs.

With school back in session and the germ-sharing in full swing, I thought I’d share a few of my favorite all-natural remedies for both every day use and keeping the ickies away.
All of these can be used for kids and adults.

1. Oil of Oregano

Oil of oregano is my best friend during cold and flu season. It is an extremely powerful (nature made!) antibiotic and is known for everything from it’s immune-boosting properties to it’s ability to help clear acne, treat yeast infections and knock out GI infections. (All the most fun things in life, really).

Five Years // Bubblegum Sugar Scrub DIY

Beauty, DIY

The passing of August marks year five (5!) of us being in Portland.
Oregon has been so good to us. The first trip Sean and I took after moving here was to Florida to spend Christmas with my family. I remember driving to our downtown apartment when we got back in town and remarking that Oregon really felt like home. Now a few years, another baby, a cat, a house, and a dog later, I truly can’t imagine living anywhere else.

The end of August marks something else around here, too: Autumn is coming.

Fabric Covered Letters DIY

Crafts, DIY, Home Decor

At some point in the last few weeks my 4-year old suddenly became aware of the letter “H” I made for his sister’s nursery (it’s only been on her wall for the entire 20 months of her life) and has since been begging me for one of his own.

Luckily for him, these fabric covered letters are one of my favorite things to make. They require very little time and money (or skill) and look just as good as the ones in stores. Not only do they make great additions to a gallery wall or mantle top, they also look great in kids’ rooms and make excellent gifts.